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How to replace a timing chain 1999 chevrolet cavalier

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    yadayada May 27, 2010

    what engine do u have??

  • wranck May 27, 2010

    2.4l engine. It is a z24 cavalier

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    yadayada May 27, 2010

    to clarify, the timing chain last the life of the engine.

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To all the so called "experts". If timing chains last the life of the engine why do they make replacements? Timing chains break sometimes. I have replaced them on many vehicles.

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    humfress Jan 24, 2013

    To all the so called "experts". If timing chains last the life of the engine why do they make replacements? Timing chains break sometimes. I have replaced them on many vehicles.

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This engine uses a timing chain not a belt, the 2.2 liter uses a blet, a chain has no set tikme to change, they las the life of the engine.

Posted on May 27, 2010

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SOURCE: how to replace a timing chain 2000 chevy cavalier

I am familiar with that vehicle but generally with timing chain replacement, the engine needs full access for pulley and cover removal and in some cases the cylinder head requires removal.
Generally timing chains last so that they only need replacement at engine overhaul and it is not an economic proposition to have to replace a chain unless some relative degree of engine work is also required at that time. 

Engine timing chains generally have a tensioner on them which maintains tension, but some chains can wear significantly and cause timing cover to be "ground away" because of "slop".

If the engine is making the noisy rattle of the timing chain against the cover etc, I would schedule a top overhaul (head, machine, test and valve grind) with the chain replacement dependent on mileage with the degree of action.

Some simple simplex timing chains (type of chain similar to motor bike chain) may be replaced without dismantling the engines but I would expect your chain would be a "duplex" dual sprocket type, these are most common. 
These chains are not generally expensive but replacing them can involve a fair amount of work. 

Good Luck and hope this helps, Others will have different ideas.

Posted on May 04, 2009

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SOURCE: Timing Chain Cover, Chain, Sprockets, replacement

2.2L VIN 4 To Remove:

  1. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Drive belt.
    • Drive belt tensioner.
    • Alternator.
    • Power steering pump. Place the pump aside with the lines attached.
  2. Lift the vehicle.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Oil pan.
    • Crankshaft pulley and hub.
    • Timing cover bolts.
    • Timing cover. If necessary, tap with a rubber mallet to loosen the cover.
  4. Clean the mating surfaces.
To Install:
  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Timing cover gasket.
    • Timing cover and the bolts. Tighten the bolts to 11 Nm (97 in. lbs.).
    • Crankshaft pulley hub and the crankshaft pulley.
    • Oil pan.
  2. Lower the vehicle.
  3. Install or connect the following:
    • Power steering pump.
    • Alternator.
    • Drive belt tensioner.
    • Drive belt.

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